Panda Internet Security 2012: Does Panda’s Own Antivirus Program Offer Better Value?

Internet Security:
Lee
Version:
2012
Price:
from $60.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4 Stars
On August 14, 2011
Last modified:February 11, 2012

Summary:

Panda internet Security 2012 offers good protection and should run well on older machines. However, Panda's Antivirus 2012 offers enough additional features to make it a serious alternative at a lower price.

My Review Of Panda Internet Security 2012

Next up in my continuing series of personal reviews of internet security products for the coming year is Panda Internet Security 2012.
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KEY BENEFITS:
  • Low system requirements
  • Effective detection of threats
  • Parental Controls

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Installation and first impression

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Installation of this program is quick and straightforward, much like Panda Antivirus Pro 2012 which I looked at a couple of weeks ago. In fact the file I downloaded is almost the same size as the antivirus program (some 70 MB or so). The fact that the two programs are so similar in size is something I found of interest. More on that at the end.

As you can see in the image below, Panda Internet Security 2012 has the same white text on black background that the AV program has. White on black seems to be a recurring trend amongst security vendors this year. Ouch! I hate it!

Panda Internet Security 2012 interface

Also, just like their antivirus program, Panda’s Internet Security is quick to alert you to the fact that you should download the latest updates just as quickly as you can. Considering the first update for any security program can be quite large, Panda’s in this case was a breeze, taking just a couple of minutes to download. That set the scene for what was to come later…

Panda Internet Security 2012 update
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Features

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Panda Internet Security comes loaded with all the features you should expect to see in a complete internet security solution:

  • antivirus
  • firewall
  • network manager
  • gaming mode
  • virtual keyboard
  • Panda Safe Browser (hmmm….)

The features that are available in this product that are missing from the antivirus program are:

  • anti-spam protection
  • parental control
  • identity protection
  • backup and restoration of critical files
  • online backup
  • remote PC access

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System Requirements

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The minimum system requirements for Panda Internet Security 2012 are as follows:

  • Windows operating system Windows XP (32-bit), Vista (32 and 64 bit) and 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • A Pentium processor running at 300 Mhz or faster
  • 128 MB RAM or 512 MB RAM with TruPrevent (though 1 GB RAM is recommended)
  • 265 MB of available hard drive space
  • Internet Explorer 6 or higher (if you have IE 6 change it now!) / Firefox 2 or newer / Google Chrome

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Effectiveness

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Running a full scan with this program gave a surprising result – it took close to two hours when the Panda Antivirus program had previously taken closer to 20 minutes to undertake the same task. That said, CPU and memory usage was just as low so it didn’t bother me too much as I was able to multitask quite effectively whilst the scan was in progress. Still a strange result though.

As per the antivirus program, I would imagine that this internet security suite is well suited to lower end computers that may otherwise struggle to run newer security programs from other vendors.

I threw my usual malware links at the program and it identified each and every one of them so there are no worries there.
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+ Plus Points

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  • Low spec machine required to run it
  • Effective detection of threats
  • Includes firewall, anti-spam, USB vaccine, vulnerability scan and gaming mode
  • Collective Intelligence provides quick response to new threats as they are discovered
  • Virtual keyboard
  • Parental controls

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– Minus Points

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You know what I’m going to say here don’t you!

Yep… the white text on black background sucks! Well, ok, maybe not sucks, but it does do my eyes in :(

Also, Safe Browser – its horrible in my opinion. Please improve this area next time around Panda!

Panda Internet Security 2012 statistics
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Conclusion

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Like Panda’s latest antivirus program, this internet security suite is a good choice if you are looking for protection in 2011/2012.

It has many features and works well. I also believe it is the best choice, from those programs I’ve tested thus far this year, for users who have older, slower machines.

I mentioned at the beginning that this program isn’t much bigger than the company’s antivirus program and that is probably because the additional features only add a little to what the lesser program already offers.

Sure, some people will definitely want anti-spam protection, parental control, identity protection, backup and restoration of critical files, online backup and remote PC access which is why they are looking at an internet security suite in the first place.

But Panda Antivirus Pro 2012, by including a firewall, may offer much better value (its about $20 cheaper) for those who don’t need quite so many features.

Do you want to see what the other vendors are offering this year? If so, read my other 2012 Internet Security reviews.

Panda internet Security 2012 offers good protection and should run well on older machines. However, Panda's Antivirus 2012 offers enough additional features to make it a serious alternative at a lower price.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. RON BRIDGMAN says:

    I HAVE BEEN USING PANDA FOR A FEW YEARS NOW. ALWAYS A PROBLEM TO CONNECT, KEEP GETTING ERROR MESSAGES. THIS YEAR WHEN LOADING PANDA GLOBAL PROTECTION 2012 ON BOTH MY SONS AND MY WIFE’S PC, IT SHOWED UP AS 2013???? IT WON’T LET ME CONNECT GIVING AN ERROR CODE, WRONG ACTIVATION CODE FOR THE PRODUCT. TRY TO FIND A PHONE HELP LINE, AND THEY WANT TO CHARGE YOU. IT IS SUPPOSE TO EXPIRE ON NOVEMBER 6 2013 AND IT IS JANUARY AND I STILL CAN’T GET IT TO WORK ON MY PC. ONE THING I KNOW FOR SURE, I WILL NEVER USE PANDA OR RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE I KNOW. AND I WILL BE POSTING THIS ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE TO SPREAD THE WORD.

  2. Been using panda for years and yes I feel it slows down the system a little I have never been infected, but i bought a samsung N150 and for some reason it did not protect it, a friend who restored it for me said that it was using up to much of the CPU.

  3. ranjan kumar says:

    After first virus signature file update, it doesn’t allow micromax 3g mmx 352G modem to connet internet. Whereas there is no such problem with Kaspersky IS 2012 and Vipre remium 4.0.

  4. Slows down the system

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